Ph.D. 1976; M.S. 1970; B.S. 1969 -- School of Mechanical Engineering , Purdue University .

Research Interests

Information Technology, High Performance Networking, Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing, Knowledge Based Systems

Present Professional Responsibilities and Activities

Dr. Riley is Professor, Decision, Operations and Information Technologies. In the Robert H. Smith School of Business and Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park,. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Riley served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and member of the President's Cabinet charged with overseeing information technology planning and coordination, and the central I.T. infrastructure: all major central computing, telecommunications and networking infrastructure and services, including academic, student and administrative computer services and instructional technology, with an annual operating budget of over $30 million.

He currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Internet Educational Equal Access Foundation, co-chairs the IEEAF Committee of APAN (Asia-Pacific Advanced Network). Dr. Riley is founder and co-chair of the annual Chinese American Network Sympoisum and was recognized in 2000 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences as “Senior Technical Advisor to China Science and Technology Network.” He also serves as I.T. Fellow for the Southeastern University Research Association (SURA), Washington , DC , and serves on the Board of Directors of the Multi-Sector Crisis Management Consortium, Washington , D.C.

Dr. Riley is active at the national level: one of the founding members of the national Internet2 initiative, serves on the Network Planning and Policy Advisory Council (NPPAC); EDUCAUSE Board of Trustees (1998-2001, inaugural chair); founding member of EDUCAUSE National Learning Infrastructure Initiative and past member of Steering Committee; co-chaired the launch of the EDUCAUSE Task Force on Systems Security. Dr. Riley is one of the founding principals in the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) regional networking consortium, one of the largest Internet2 regional gigapops, and hosts the NGIX-DC (Next Generation Internet Exchange) for the federal agency NGI R&D networks at the University of Maryland . He also served on the State of Maryland Task Force on High Speed Network Infrastructure and the E-commerce Committee of the State I.T. Board.

Prior to coming to the University of Maryland , Dr. Riley was the first CIO at the University of Minnesota (1992-1998), and was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering Department from 1976 to 1998. Research and teaching interests included applications of interactive computer graphics to CAD-CAM; knowledge-based systems for design and manufacturing; computer-aided mechanism analysis and design; application of CAD/CAM techniques to biomechanical and bioengineering problems; and product development process. Dr. Riley is an ASME Fellow, and participated in the founding and leadership of the Computers in Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was 1990-91 Chair of its Executive Committee; numerous seminars, invited lectures and presentations, panel sessions, short courses and tutorials at the local, national, and international level. He has published over 100 refereed technical papers and several copyrighted software packages for computer aided design; he has graduated 27 M.S. and 13 Ph.D. students; he has been responsible as principal or co-principal investigator for over $9 million in grants.